Puffin has revealed details of the September global publication of Paul McCartney’s new children's book, Grandude’s Green Submarine. Like the first in the series, Hey Grandude!, the sequel will also be illustrated by Kathryn Durst.
World rights were acquired from MPL Communications in a joint acquisition by Puffin Picture Books editorial director Joe Marriott and Random House Books for Young Readers editorial director Heidi Kilgras. Durst was represented by Arabella Stein at The Bright Agency.
Grandude’s Green Submarine will be published globally on 2nd September 2021 in hardback, e-book and audio in London by Penguin Random House (PRH) Children’s UK, and in New York by Random House Children’s Books.
McCartney’s first picture book Hey Grandude was published in September 2019. “It introduced a magical grandpa, the eponymous Grandude, who was inspired by a nickname Paul’s own eight grandchildren had given him,” PRH Children’s UK said. “Grandude’s Green Submarine continues the adventures of Grandude and his grandchildren as they set off on a quest to find their music-loving grandmother, Nandude. It’s an action-packed extravaganza of wild imagination and fun for all the family, a read-aloud that’s perfect for sharing, destined to become a timeless classic.”
McCartney said: “I’m really happy with how Hey Grandude! was received as this was a very personal story for me, celebrating Grandudes everywhere and their relationships and adventures with their grandchildren. I love that it has become a book read to grandkids at bedtime all around the world. I always said if people liked the first book, and there was an appetite for more, I would write some further adventures for Grandude—so he is back, and this time with his special invention, Grandude’s green submarine.”
Durst said: “I am so thrilled to be collaborating with Paul again on Grandude’s Green Submarine. I think this is the adventure book we all need during this time, when everyone is stuck at home and longing to travel to exciting new places. I really enjoyed drawing the newest character in the book, Nandude, particularly because we both share a love of playing the accordion.”
Francesca Dow, m.d. of PRH Children’s, said: “Paul McCartney is one of the most extraordinary wordsmiths and creative talents. We are delighted that he has a new Grandude adventure to tell. Hey Grandude! has been a global sensation and it has been a joy to see children, parents and grandparents around the world taking Grandude to their hearts. We’ve all fallen in love with Paul and Kathryn’s wonderful new character, Nandude, and in a time when grandparents are being celebrated like never before, Grandude’s Green Submarine offers us the heroes we all need.”